Greene King’s ‘Purple Reign’ ale released on same day ‘Purple Rain’ hit-maker Prince dies

Greene King have released 'Purple Reign' to mark the Queen's 90th birthday ANL-160422-160143001
Greene King have released 'Purple Reign' to mark the Queen's 90th birthday ANL-160422-160143001

When Greene King chose a name for its commemorative beer for the Queen it couldn’t have guessed it would also mark the passing of musical royalty.

Yesterday the brewer released ‘Purple Reign’, a limited edition ale to toast Her Majesty’s 90th - just hours before news emerged about the sad death of music legend and ‘Purple Rain’ hit-maker Prince.

The multi-award winning artist died at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57 yesterday.

A spokesman for Greene King said: “Earlier this week we launched Purple Reign, a limited edition golden ale, to celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“This ale is intended as a tribute to our longest reigning monarch on a milestone occasion, with a respectful nod to he classic song by the artist Prince.

“In light of the tragic news, we hope that these intentions continue to be understood by our guests.”

Prince. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

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